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Orchids & Botanical Exploration

January 10–April 5, 2015

Discover the allure of the orchid…and the global exploration it inspired.

Wander through warm, tropical plant collections peppered with colorful orchids, and enjoy a radiant display of hundreds of blooms in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse.

Dive into the rich history of botanical discovery and the plant hunters who traveled the world in search of the exotic and unknown. In the Cardinal Health Gallery, Plants in Print: The Age of Botanical Discovery reflects five centuries of plant exploration through a collection of unique, rare books and botanical illustrations. 

Family Activities
Children can embark on their own plant hunting expeditions. Pick up an activity journal at the Visitor Center.

Orchid Talks
Learn about the wonders of the orchid species.
Daily, 2pm

Orchid Q & A
Central Ohio Orchid Society members answer questions about orchid care.
Sundays, March 15 & 29, 1–4pm


Blooms & Butterflies

March 7–September 27, 2015

Spring returns with the emergence of hundreds of colorful, exotic butterflies. Watch them take flight in the Pacific Island Water Garden, a tropical haven filled with bright nectar blooms. Newly emerged butterflies are released during educational presentations every day at 1 and 3pm. 

Related family activities are scheduled throughout the season.

Spring Bulb Display

Spring, 2015

More than 70,000 tulips, narcissus, crocus, hyacinth and other vibrant stars of the season fill the Conservatory’s gardens and courtyards for a dazzling celebration of spring. 

Bulbs have just begun to emerge and bloom time is weather dependent. Check back regularly for updates on peak viewing times, or check Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Bonsai Show

April 11–September 27, 2015

The Conservatory’s bonsai collection is showcased among a serene display of tropical plantings in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse. Enjoy tropical and hardy bonsai and explore the history and technique of these horticultural works of art.

David Rogers’ Big Bugs

May 16–September 27, 2015

Explore enormous insect sculptures created from fallen or found wood, cut saplings and branches, tree bark and other natural materials. Ten installations include an 18-foot tall praying mantis, a spider’s web that’s four yards wide, and a butterfly with a wingspan broader than average human height.

Life on the Leaf Edge

May 16–September 27, 2015

New England based naturalist and artist Samuel Jaffe captures the art of survival of native caterpillars, pupae and moths through high detail photography. Displayed in the Conservatory’s Cardinal Health Gallery, each piece calls attention to the survival techniques and defensive adaptations of these remarkable and beautiful creatures.

Scary Plants

October 3–November 15, 2015

This botanical take on the Halloween season featured imaginative, immersive horticulture displays, and pumpkin carvings like you have never seen before. Nationally exhibited artists from Villafane Studios carve humorous, weird and wild characters for display in the Cardinal Health Gallery.

Merry & Bright

November 21, 2015–January 3, 2016

Feel the spirit of the season surrounded by hundreds of poinsettias and seasonal foliage. Enjoy delightful entries in the annual gingerbread competition, a Paul Busse model garden railway and an array of family activities. Select evenings feature live entertainment and festive lighting throughout the Conservatory.